Mt. Montgomery tunnel

Mt. Montgomery is one of the more interesting areas of the narrow gauge to explore. At an elevation of over 7000 feet at its summit, it was the most formidable natural obstical on the entire route. In operation until 1938, the line twisted its way around and through the mountain. A 247 foot tunnel just below the summit is today the most interesting point on the route to explore.

Doubleheading up Montgomery Pass (The Western Railroader)

Doubleheading up Montgomery Pass (The Western Railroader)

Snowbound in Montgomery Pass (Eastern California Museum)

Snowbound in Montgomery Pass (Eastern California Museum)

Mt. Montgomery was not without its share of disaster, such as this 1923 wreck just below the summit. Today only a small pile of rusty metal remains.

Engines Nos. 5 and 8 forelornly await help in 1923 (Southern Pacific collection)

Engines Nos. 5 and 8 forelornly await help in 1923 (Southern Pacific collection)

 

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